Winter in Japan is very mild, especially for a Montrealer. I've been enjoying the warm sunny days, and the absence of snow. It feels a lot like fall. The temperatures have been pretty much between 4-12 degrees Celcius (about 40-55 Farenheit), which is a day at the beach compared to any average January day in Montreal. However, I feel cold most of the time because Japanese homes are not well insulated. Very drafty, paper-thin walls, and no central heat. I do have a small air conditioner unit on my wall, but it does not make a big difference.
Lately I've been curling up in my fluffy blankets, drinking hot caramel tea, and soaking in my hot Japanese bathtub. Bliss! And I love the fact that I've been able to run outdoors during the day, when it's warm and sunny. Evenings are perfect for sharing tea with friends, and having candy and games at each other's houses.
Hiking the mountains on a crisp winter day...
At the top of the mountain, overlooking the rice paddies of Shikoku island... I really do live in the countryside!
Being silly in the little workout areas... typically Asian.
Staying warm, eating candy and playing games with my friends...
Loving the Japanese winter days!!! But I'm terrified of the summer...!!